I don’t have much in the way of formal artistic training (which probably shows through in my photographs) as I’m an engineer by education and profession (which probably shows through in my photographs). My life has been spent living and working in the industrial landscape of Lancashire, forever staying, as David Plowden would say “one step ahead of the wrecking ball”, both as a photographer and in my engineering career. My photography is a reflection of this – I’m both an insider looking out, and an outsider looking in. I’ve spent my life naively figuring out ways round my own perceived limitations (usually doing things the hard way) and I’ve spent the past few years experimenting my way through four solo exhibitions, twenty five (and counting) 90 minute talks on my photography at camera clubs across the north of England and am on the second edition of my self published book ‘Shadows of the North’. I’ve also had the privilege of being commissioned to photograph London Road Fire Station using the Samsung Galaxy S7 as part of the launch for O2 in the UK.
My aim is not just to present a record of the places I visit, but to present a ‘creative treatment of actuality’, a term coined by the Scottish filmmaker John Grierson. Black and white photography is a medium which allows me more leeway to express something beyond just “I was here, this is what I saw”.
I also do a bit of writing, something else I’ve a lifelong love of but precious little talent for. But I persist – my main blog is at blog.mechanicallandscapes.com and there’s also a few more in-depth articles on this area of my website – www.mechanicallandscapes.com/articles.
I hope you enjoy the photographs on Mechanical Landscapes, please leave me any feedback (good or bad) via my contact page.
Amateur Photographer, 31st January 2009, 4th June 2011
Urban Realm, Brymbo Ironworks, Summer 2012
Lancashire Magazine, Accrington Conservative Club, January 2014
BBC News Online – March 2014, Backbarrow Ironworks magazine article (click here)
Manchester Evening News – 20th March 2016, London Road Fire Station, print and online editions (click here)
Independent, London Road Fire Station – 18th March 2016 (click here)
Professional Image Maker – February/March 2019 (click here)
August – October 2014, Ebb and Flo Bookshop, Chorley
October 2014 – January 2015, Georgian House, Bolton
February 2015, Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
June – December 2015, Queen Street Mills Textile Museum
November – December 2017, Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery
November – December 2019, Astley Hall, Chorley
September – October 2020, Peak District Lead Mining Museum, Matlock,
O2 – Samsung Galaxy S7 Launch http://news.o2.co.uk/?press-release=urban-explorer-snaps-eerie-pics-samsung-galaxy-s7-o2 or PDF